Friday, October 31, 2008


Just wanted to get off of my knees from scrubbing my floors for a few minutes & say "Boo!" to all of you fellow bloggers!

Somehow this silly holiday has turned into something evil that I don't like. But I still think we can have fun with it.

If you can believe this---and it's true--I grew up where we had Halloween parties at our church! Well, it wasn't actually AT our church, but just down the street, & in our basement. Everyone that was able to hobble to the party came in costume! We might have bought a mask, but other than that, our costumes were homemade. I remember that I usually wanted to wear a pair of Dad's baggy pants and Mom would stuff me with pillows. I could barely waddle! She would twist my hair up in a ponytail, out of sight, put a hat on me, an ugly or silly looking mask, & I thought it was the best costume I'd ever had.
As the hostess of the party, Mom didn't always dress up, but everyone else did. And it was a big game to sneak in our house without anyone seeing which car you creeped out of or who you came with. My brother & I would hide in our yard to come in later, thinking we fooled everyone by not already being there when they arrived. We would all sit around in a circle and Mom would go around guessing who we were. If she guessed correctly, we had to unmask. At that point, you would get to help in the guessing game. One time there was a rather large person and someone not quite so large and no one could guess who they were. About everyone that should be there was accounted for & we just couldn't figure out who the masked couple was. Finally, the big one pulled his mask off--& there was Dr. C.E. Cowen, president of Kansas City College & Bible School!!! The other goblin unmasked and it was his daughter, Eleanor! What a surprise! They had been in the area & gotten word of our party & decided to crash it & surpise us all. I think Mom or Dad told that sorry every time Halloween rolled around.
As a little girl I remember walking the streets of Hallsville with a large group of family & friends. There would be a swarm of us and I'm sure it took lots of treats to fill our bags. I remember Mom making popcorn balls & wrapping them in waxed paper. Other ladies would make cookies or caramel of my favorite treats to get! Of course we got candy, lots of "penny" candy and even some large candy bars. It was well worth the trapsing all over our little town to fill my brown grocery sack full of treats.

Another time my Dad somehow got his hands on a Santa outfit & decided that was how he was going to go to our church party. He dressed himself up, white beard & all (& probably didn't have to do too much stuffing!), got a sack & filled it with peppermints and maybe some other kind of candy & off he went. He was a big, big hit at the party and even went so far as to line the little kids up and have them sit on his knee & tell him what they wanted for Christmas. He really played the part. Later, during the guessing game, he finally unmasked, much to the little childrens dismay! Some of them were very upset to find out that Duane Brown was Santa!!! He laughed & laughed about making the little kids mad at him.

And, believe it or not, we even had a Halloween party here in Indiana. (We would be booted out the door if we tried that trick today!) It was our Youth Group, which was a good part of the church. I don't remember a lot about it, but I do know that somewhere in my mess of pictures, there is one of me as a humped backed witch & my beloved as the tin man! And....someone that is very involved in our Christian Day School, came as a ghost!

It was all in fun. It was before the days of "The Cult", or the dark side that somehow has taken away the silliness of the day. It is so sad that just a few wicked people can change something that used to be so innocent.

(What an ugly bunch!)

Oh, there were the bad guys back then too. There have always been vandals and I think most Halloween's someone would put an outhouse in the middle of the main street in Hallsville. But that was about as far as it went.

Here is hoping that my little grandchildren get to dress up and have a fun day. I hear there might even be a witch in the bunch!!!

Recognize anyone???

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A check list for today...

This morning I received the following in an email from a friend. As I quickly glanced through the list, I could see several things I need to improve on. Just thought I would like to share. I have no idea where this email originated from so cannot credit the author. Have a nice Autumn Day! It's beautiful here in South Central Indiana!

An Angel says, 'Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.'

1. Pray
2.Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns . If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line or ?

17. Get enough rest
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.

26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus .'
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

32. Sit on your ego
33 Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.

'If God is for us, who can be against us?' (Romans 8:31)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Columbus Homes Tour

Recently, Bob & I went on the Columbus Homes Tour, which is put on every other year by the Bartholomew County Historical Society. This year they out did themselves & put on an excellent Tour. There were several homes that people had been just dying to see, so the crowds were large.

It was a warm, almost hot, beautiful autumn day & we both thoroughly enjoyed touring the homes. I go more to see the interiors, the decorating themes, and the gardens & grounds. Bob goes to look at the structures, to see how the homes were built, some many years ago, and to check out the designs. So we both go away having different views, and sometimes don't agree on which was our favorite.

We parked at Donner Center, waited in what was already a long line before 10:00 a.m., boarded the tour shuttle & headed out for a long day.
This home was built in 1967 for Wilma & Frederic Stadler, founder of Stadler Brothers Packing Company. The current owner is a sweet little lady, Edna Howe. She has filled the home with antiques & all sorts of collectibles. Bob did a little "eye bugging" at some of the statues, sculptures & art work scattered throughout the house. My favorite part was the center interior garden, & the 7 acre backyard with a gorgeous view!

Next stop was the Kinsey home, owned by Steve & Helen Kinsey since 1998. It featured traditional interior, also with a beautiful backyard view. Off of the stone patio & gardens was a putting green. This home is just off Washington Street, on Riverside Drive, & seems far away from the hustle & bustle of the city.

Previous owners were Jerry & Maxine Dunlap of Dunlap Construction.

The Tom Wethereald Home at 23rd & Washington Street is probably the cause of the huge success of the tour. How could you drive down Washington Street this past summer & not notice? The grounds are beautifully kept & this summer the window boxes & flower beds overflowed with bright pink Supertunias which caught our attention. For the tour, the window boxes were removed except for the lower level, & filled with fall leaves & pumpkins.

This home was completed in 1921 & owned by William Lincoln, proprietor of Orinoco Furniture Company. Later the Reeves family owned the home. A total of seven families have lived here in the last 87 years.

Next door & around the corner from the Wetheralds, lives the Schumakers, Hutch & Kevina. It is filled with Hoosier art works & antiques, including a grandfather clock that belonged to Hutch's grandfather. On the south end of the home is a greenhouse garden room that was purchased from an older home in Indianapolis & moved here, piece by piece.

This home was built in 1922 by Attorney Frank Richman & his wife Edith. It was the second residence built in Riverside Drive addition.

Next door to the Schumaker home is the "Smith-Pearson Home", built for Sudie Smith in 1929. She was the treasurer for Golden Foundry for 44 years, retiring when she was 84 years old! The house has had only basic work done to it & is almost as it was when it was built. Throughout the home are glass doorknobs, and beautiful glass pulls on the kitchen cabinets. The small kitchen features linoleum floors & a red linoleum counter top, probably original with the home. (The Schumaker's have purchased this home & are using it for a rental property. They hope to be able to keep the home in it's unrestored condition.) Fun to look at but I wouldn't want to live there!

That day, our tour guides stepped right out of the 1950's. Could it have been The Clevers?

In the side yard is a tree that has been studied by Purdue University. It is a Butternut, one of the only ones still existing in Indiana. Others have died from a blight, but for some reason, this tree has survived. It's huge!
The Lambert-Newson-Noblitt-Darlage House

As a young girl I was an avid reader of the "Grace Livingston Hill" books. I always imagined those stories taking place in a house much like this one. Sadly, the interior needs thousands of dollars of restoration work done to it. But it is still a beautiful, stately home, and I hate to see it just sitting there on Washington Street, wasting away. Thankfully, a new tile roof was installed in the last few years.

Construction began in 1910 & was completed in 1913 or 1914. It was designed for a prominent pioneer daughter, Lydia Newson Lambert. Later it was the residence of the Noblitts who founded Arvin Industries & is currently owned by Robert Darlage, a manager for Cummins. Mrs. Darlage had dreams of filling their home with antiques & art work after their overseas assignments. She spent 4 years stripping paint from the detailed hardwood trim in the home. Following her death, a son has continued on with the restoration work.

The exterior of the home is made of limestone, said to be 16 inches thick!

It's for sale! Maybe we should buy it for one of Grace Livingston Hill's heroine's house party's!

Just around the corner on 19th Street is the home of Don & Dody Harvey who have lived there since 1975. It was built sometime in the 1940's by an engineer at Reeves Pulley Company, Dale Rush.

The Dody's have several very interesting pieces of Orinoco Furniture, including the dining room table, chairs & buffet.

And look at what Bob found in the Dody's back yard! A 1933 "Radio Blue" Plymouth...that used to belong to Don Dody's parents.

Down the street from the Dody's is the home of Lloyd & Sue Kamo. Besides the Wetherald home, it was probably one of my favorites. Sue is an interior designer & works out of Chicago. The Kamo's have made several additions to the home & finished some remodeling.
The home was built around 1941 and is in the Highland Place Addition, backing up to the N0blitt Lagoons. Fortunately, the flood of this year did not reach the interior of their home.

The cover of the tour brochure featured the back deck & stairway from the Kamo's home. From there is a beautiful view of the lagoon.

We were finally finished with the "home" part of the tour & decided to go visit The Crump. Bob had never set foot in the building & I had only been there years ago with Jeff for a "Gold City Quartet" concert.

The place is a dump! Of course I did not grow up here and have no childhood memories of The Crump, so don't feel the necessity to see it restored. Other than for a historical reason, I cannot imagine spending another penny on the place. (Disclaimer...this is my own personal opinion!!!)

To finish our day, we made a stop at The Visitor's Center. Another place Bob had never set foot in! We walked around & looked at the displays & admired the Dale Chihuly glass art work, "Yellow Neon Chandelier". (I love the Chihuly glass art work. Google him & see what all he has created!)

The main structure, or the original home, was built during the Civil War by John Story. In 1970 it was remodeled to serve as a visitors & welcome center for Columbus.

By 3:40 when we had finished the tour, we were worn out! It was a great day & I'm looking forward to doing it again in 2 more years. You did a great job, Bartholomew Conty Historical Society!

The pumpkin patch display in the back of the Schumaker home on Riverside Drive